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Joseph Hutchison
Attended University of British Columbia
Lives in Indian Hills, CO
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Visiting Writers Series in Colorado Springs: Mason and Conan-Davies
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A Poet at Heart
Eva Saulitis I ran across a powerful essay by Eva Saulitis today in Orion Magazine. Here's a taste: We have no dominion over what the world will do to us, all of us. What the earth will make of our tinkering and abuse can be modeled by computers but is, in ...
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Poetry Reading Photos
I had a great time reading with two excellent poets, Robert Cooperman and Andrea Hollander , first in Boulder (at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore ) on April 4th and then in Denver (at BookBar ) on April 5th. Just for grins, here some pictures. I'm only in one of...
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This Is Not Spam
Truly, truly  the very best imaginable kickoff to National Poetry Month . Don't miss it!
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Lois Hayna and the Strangeness of Beauty Perfected
Lois Beebe Hayna I am thrilled to let everyone know that my friend and fellow poet Lois Hayna has been awarded the Colorado Authors' League's first Lifetime Achievement Award . Congratulations, Lois! I first met Lois when she joined a poetry workshop I taug...
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Adios, Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014 Sad news today in El País : the Colombian journalist and one of the greatest fiction writers in world literature, Gabriel García Márquez, has died at the age of 87. The following details are taken from the El País article. ...
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Carl Sandburg in Colorado Springs
Attention, fans of Carl Sandburg : "Prayers for the People: Carl Sandburg and the Sunburnt West" will take the stage at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Produced by Kate Benzel, professor em...
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The Natural Poet
Don Quixote on poetry, in response to a gentleman whose son appears to be wasting his life as a scholar of the classics: “Señor, regarding your son’s lack of esteem for poetry in the modern languages, it is my understanding that he is mistaken, for this rea...
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Lois Hayna: Coping Without a Miracle
Not long after I put up the just previous post  about Lois Hayna's Lifetime Achievement Award, an email arrived from David Giannini with this gently prodding subject line, "One Poem Proving Her Talent," and this Lois Hayna poem in the body of the message: E...
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Putin's "Evil" and a Map-in-Flux
Just stumbled on this wonderful aphorism by the Italian writer Amedeo Ansaldi at James Geary's aphorism blog : We always choose our enemies among those whom we would have liked to become. They are our lost image. Something to keep in mind as the notion of P...
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I was born on the westernmost edge of the Great Plains. My parents made sure there were lots of books in the house for my younger brother and me, but what I read most avidly was Poe, and to this day my work displays some Poe-ish qualities. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972, and received an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1974, where I studied with the very underrated Irish expatriate poet, fiction writer and essayist George McWhirter; the musicality and imaginative openness of his work are qualities I aspire to in my own.

After graduate school I worked in a variety of jobs, from buying mass market paperbacks in a campus book store to adjunct teaching in and around Denver. Although I loved and still love teaching, I cut my options in that area short by deciding not to pursue a Ph.D. Instead, I took a job as a marketing writer for a large banking system with affiliates across the state of Colorado. I next worked as an editor in the real estate industry, then as a writer for a leading software company. Ultimately, though, my wife and I founded our own marketing firm—Full Scale, Inc.—which has put bread on our table many years. In the past eight years or so I've also returned to adjunct teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on writing and literature courses. I first taught online in 2004 and now teach both online and face-to-face on a regular basis.

Through it all I've continued to indulge my passion for literary writing, publishing poetry and short fiction in more than 100 journals and anthologies. I've also published 13 poetry collections (with a 14th forthcoming), as well as book reviews and literary essays. I also write a respected literary blog called The Perpetual Bird, where I recently put up my one-thousandth post.

I live with my wife, Melody Madonna, a wonderful yoga teacher in the Iyengar tradition (see her Harmony Hill Yoga site), in the mountains southwest of Denver.

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Published 12 poetry collections and poems, stories, and essays in 100+ journals/anthologies.
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  • University of British Columbia
    Creative Writing, 1972 - 1974
  • University of Northern Colorado
    English, Secondary Education, 1968 - 1972
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